They’re a bit weird, for sure. Many cultures mourn their dead in person. Some people can handle it, some people can’t. Some find it helps with closure, others may not. Sometimes people die unexpectedly and it’s nice to have one last chance to see them and say goodbye.
I went to two open-casket funerals in 2016. For me, it went something like this:
Walk up to casket Think to myself, “Hmm, grandma didn’t really look like that.
I highly recommend against being a morning person. As a morning person, you may consider it a virtue to be able to spring out of bed excited to start your day. The flaw with this approach to life becomes apparent when you spring out of bed too swiftly, bend down to grab your shirt too eagerly and end up pulling your back out.
You have been warned. Please govern yourselves accordingly.
Stop with the narrative where you’re the protagonist. Where you come in to save the day, Blue Crush style (bad movie, bad message), without sufficient preparation or experience. You’re bad at writing dialog. The story lacks originality. And you could never sustain that level of charm. That is all.
Watched a 2005 Oregon PBS special about forest management last night. Link here. Saw some old guys with lots of land and trees managing it with intelligence. They don’t clear-cut. They have a clue about genetics so they save the best trees and sell the others. Made me think: Damn that looks like fun, rewarding work!
Especially the bits involving data collection. One guy kept detailed logs and found that his trees put on mass much faster later in life, but most loggers harvest before that point.
I finally finished fixing up my mom’s laptop. Several mis-diagnoses later, and it’s back with the original fan, new processor, new thermal compound, fast maxed-out RAM, new battery, and new install of Windows 7. Whew. One CAN buy laptop processors on Ebay if one pays attention.
The past few months have also taught me that some Amazon sellers will sneak a knock-off product to your doorstep. I attribute this to malice, and not a listing mis-match.
Lately, the thing I’ve wanted to yell most at people is “pay attention!” It should probably be prefixed by “slow down!” People don’t read. They don’t listen to what others say. They don’t pay attention to the details. They apparently think they’re effective at multi-tasking at light-speed.